Las Vegas, Nevada: September 25th. No matter what the final results reflect at a Ms. Olympia contest, there is still that mystique that comes with this contest every year - year in, year out. And the 2009 edition of the Ms. Olympia was no different.
On this night-- the 30th birthday of this grand festival of female muscle-- one which had its beginnings in 1980 with Rachel McLish winning the first Ms. O-- a field of 13 women gathered, first at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the prejudging, and then at the Orleans Arena for the final event to add another nugget of history to this already historic affair.
Perhaps it was because the state of California got off to a running start when it staged the first California Women's Bodybuilding Championships in 1980. And of course there was the already glowing identity Venice Beach and Gold's Gym had brought to Southern California as a bastion for those who aspired to reach muscle stardom. But over the 30 years since that first event, ‘The California' has been recognized as the most prestigious state bodybuilding contest in the country for women.
With the history of women's bodybuilding recently passing the 30-year mark, and fitness and figure divisions now solidly in place, there have been numerous individuals, incidents, and just general factoids that have helped make the sport as interesting as the results of the contests themselves.
In this first of a series of re-occurring articles that will simply been known as ‘Did You Know?', I will endeavor to extract an accumulation of facts, figures, memorable quotes (both good and bad), and various other tidbits that you may not have heard, realized, or stumbled onto in the past.
Las Vegas, Nevada. July 25, 2009: If the assumption is that our nation is in the midst of a deep recession and the economy is in the tank, someone forgot to inform over 460 bodybuilders, figure, and bikini competitors who journeyed to Glitter City for the annual NPC USA Championships. With the introduction of the new bikini division this year and with over 80 women entering that inaugural competition, the event was collectively the largest NPC USA ever.
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